W.Va. Board of Education Working to Improve Professional Development for Educators

May 08, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -The West Virginia Board of Education and the state Department of Education have teamed up with Edvantia to evaluate the effectiveness of West Virginia’s annual Master Plan for Statewide Professional Development. Edvantia, based in Charleston, is an education research and development not-for-profit corporation.

As part of the process, educators are being asked to complete a survey that will provide insight into the impact of the 21st Century Teaching and Learning initiative. The survey, which only takes a few minutes to complete, can be accessed at http://www.21stcenturysurveys.org.

“This brief survey will enable West Virginia’s professional educators and paraprofessionals to share their familiarity with the initiative and their understanding of the information it is intended to provide,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “The information we gather in this survey will prove to be invaluable.”

The purpose of the 2007-2008 master plan is to ensure that all of West Virginia’s educators know and understand the six elements of 21st century teaching and learning and that they know how to access and use resources that will develop 21st century teaching and learning skills. The six elements include:


·         Core subjects, such as English, reading and language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics, government, economics, arts, history and geography;

·         21st century learning skills, including information and communication skills, thinking and problem-solving skills and personal and workplace productivity skills;

·         21st century tools, including information and communication technologies such as computers, networking, iPods, whiteboards, audio, video, multimedia and other tools;

·         21st century context, which allows students to become better learners through an education that is relevant, engaging and meaningful through real-world examples;

·         21st century content, including global awareness; financial, economic and business literacy; civic literacy; and health and wellness awareness; and

·         21st century assessments, which measure all elements of 21st century skills.


For more information, contact Karen Larry, executive assistant to the state superintendent at (304) 558-2118, or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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